The atmosphere of Mt. Yoshino in spring is very nice as it is full of cherry blossoms, but Mt. Yoshino in autumn is colorful and quiet.
Enjoying the sacred and frigid cold breeze on your cheeks while observing the autumn leaves of white cherry trees is a way for adults to play. You can walk along the street or look at thousands of colorful autumn leaves from various points. It’s one of the ways to enjoy autumn in Yoshino.
First of all, I would like you to get a 360 degree view of the bright red trees that jump into your eyes while riding the ropeway near Kintetsu Yoshino Station. There is no doubt that you will admire the gorgeous, calm scenery. When you get off the ropeway at Senbon-guchi Station, you will have reached the Shimo-senbon Area
The Shimo-senbon and Naka-senbon areas have a calm atmosphere in autumn, and unlike the liveliness of spring, you can peruse the various gift shops at a slow, relaxed pace.
If you walk to Kinpusen-ji Temple’s Zao-do Hall, there is a place where you can see the whole of Mt. Yoshino. As Mt. Yoshino is a World Heritage Site, there are charming points about each season’s scenery.
After passing by Zao-do Hall, you can continue on through Naka-senbon and enjoy such famous historical sites as the Yoshimizu-jinja Shrine and the Katte-jinja Shrine.
Looking up at the autumn sky, the contrast between the blue sky and the autumn leaves is beautiful, and your body and mind will be healed and warmed.
The Katte-jinja Shrine, which offers a cool shaded area in the summer, is a good location to sit on a bench and drink coffee.
Unlike the bright and busy spring, the area around Naka-senbon is a recommended spot for autumn, where even a solo-traveler can enjoy the leisurely romantic sightseeing atmosphere.
The slightly chilly autumn breeze gently wraps around your body.
You can enjoy the slow flow of time while stepping through the various kinds of leaves scattered around the road.
If a beautifully colored leaf, blown by the wind, happens to land on your shoulder, I recommend taking it home in commemoration of visiting Mt. Yoshino. Experiencing the cool autumn air, signaling the arrival of winter, will cool the heat of a stressful body.
The slope up through Kami-senbon makes for a steep climb, but I recommend you push through it so that you can see the beautiful autumn scenery at “Yoshino Mikumari-jinja Shrine” and the view from “Takagiyama Observatory”.
The road to Takagiyama Observatory overlooks Mt. Yoshino, so it will offer a nice view of the autumn colors and the autumn leaves are specially illuminated with lights in evening as well.
Once you see Mt. Yoshino in autumn, which is magnificently presented by nature, you will be impressed by the scenery.
(Be sure to check the schedule for illumination before visiting Mt. Yoshino as it changes every year.)
While walking, you can enjoy a hot pot meal at a restaurant on the way, taste some sake, or enjoy the autumn leaves while drinking warm kudzu tea.
On a related note, while walking around Mt. Yoshino, you can find a lot of different types of food products that contain kudzu in them.
There are various cooking methods for “Yoshino Kudzu,” but my recommendation is to try “kudzu-kiri (kudzu starch noodles)” by heating them in a hot pot. These noodles have a good texture, are rich in nutrition, and they warm up the body, so it is perfect if you feel tired and want to refresh.
If you visit by car, you can see the autumn appearance of Mt. Yoshino from the Sightseeing Road (Road 37). You can see the whole of Mt. Yoshino, which bursts with so much color that it resembles something out of a watercolor painting. Why not park your car along the Sightseeing Road and visit Nyoirin-ji Temple? I am sure that you will be healed by the power of Mt. Yoshino, and forget your everyday life.
In addition to the routes introduced above, when you walk down to the right from the ropeway’s Senbon-guchi Station you can get an overhead view over Nanamagari Road and it’s beautiful fall foliage. This road leads back down to Kintetsu Yoshino Station and is a popular walking route among visitors.
If you walk with a camera, you can take autumn scenery photos, while enjoying the colors of the blue sky along with red and yellow leaves.
In Mt. Yoshino, unlike trees seen from a distance, you can enjoy the autumn leaves while walking under the arches of the trees.
The scenery in Mt. Yoshino varies from season to season. In addition to the cherry blossoms in spring, the colors of trees that are shedding their leaves in preparation for winter are also worth the visit to see.
In regards to using transportation to get to Mt. Yoshino, let me give a bit of explanation:
If you use public transportation, you can take the ropeway from in front of Kintetsu Yoshino Station up to the main road of the area. However, if you want to use a car it is also a good place to drive to.
There are many sightseeing spots that cannot be fully introduced in this article, such as Kinpusen-ji Temple’s Zao-do Hall, Noten O-kami, and the Yoshimizu-jinja Shrine. In addition, there are many temple lodging (known as “shukubo” in Japanese) and inns in Mt. Yoshino, so it is a location recommended not only for day trips, but also for leisurely 1-night, 2-day vacations. Of course, a day trip is enough to feel the power of nature here and refresh yourself.
Take a step away from everyday life and enjoy the magnificent and colorful scenery of autumn at the World Heritage Site of Mt. Yoshino.